Since time immemorial, the history of the Okanagan began, long before the arrival of the Europeans. We are the Syilx-speaking people – the original inhabitants of a vast and beautiful territory that encompasses forests, grasslands, lakes and desert. For thousands of years, the Okanagan people were self-reliant and well provided for through their own ingenuity and use of the land and nature. We lived united as a nation with a whole economy, travelling the breadth and depth of our territory, hunting and fishing, growing and harvesting, crafting and trading to meet our needs.
The Okanagan Nation Alliance is pleased to host the Annual Salmon Feast and Celebration on behalf of the Okanagan Nation. The gathering will be held September 19-21, 2014 at sxwexwnitkw (Okanagan Falls Provincial Park).
It is one of the goals of the Okanagan Nation to preserve the traditions and culture of the Syilx people. We hope to carry on the work that the Elders started and continue with snxa?l’iwlem (honouring the sacredness of the river), by having Syilx people gathered at one of our traditional fishing camps. With the continued release of the Sockeye Salmon into Skaha Lake, it is vitally important that we honour the salmon so they will always come back to feed the people.
September 17, 2014
The k] cpә’lk’ stim’ Salmon Hatchery, part of the Okanagan Nation Alliance (ONA) sockeye reintroduction program, will have its Grand Opening on September 20th at 1pm. The hatchery is located on the Penticton Indian Band reserve lands…
Westbank August 11, 2014:
Okanagan Nation Alliance File Lawsuit Challenging British Columbia Treaty Process
Okanagan Territory/Westbank, British Columbia: The Okanagan Nation Alliance (ONA) has filed legal action against the Province of British Columbia. The legal action will directly…
July 29, 2014
29 Okanagan Nation youth participated in the games, hosted in Regina Saskatchewan July 20-27, 2014. The athletes from the Nation participated in 8 sports with 18 of them bringing home medals. Thomas Manual-Hanuse from Upper Nicola brought…